Apologies if already covered. I've seen a report somewhere which says that unless Andy retains his Madrid title this week then Federer will take the number 2 ranking. Is this true and does it still hold now that Federer is out of Madrid?
This was ATL's assessment of a a week or so ago.
"Dropping the Munich/Istanbul and Madrid 2015 points their ranking points will be:
I think the Rome seeding is the same as the Madrid seeding, so this is relevant for rankings and RG seeding. Federer is not confirmed to play Rome yet, but with 600 points from 2015 I'd be surprised if he doesn't play there".
Federer not playing Madrid does not change this as Andy has dropped points. He does need to go deep to take advantage of Federer not playing. He needs whatever he can get from both Madrid and Rome. No doubt ATL, whose calculations are usually immaculate will update soon.
On the liveatp rankings site Andy currently has 6935. (I assume that is 10 for getting a bye in the first round)? I assume that the comment of same seedings for Rome is correct but if Andy were to make the final in Madrid I think that he would stay number 2 next week and then for RG also.
PS added an extra important line!